Local Apprentice wins College Annual Award

3rd March 2017 4:30pm - Return to press releases

Local Apprentice wins College Annual Award

Emma Clappison, aged 19 from Cowlam near Driffield started work as a receptionist at CB Solutions in Lissett in January 2016.  She has already completed her level two apprenticeship in business administration whilst at the firm and has been honoured in the annual awards at East Riding College on Wednesday 8 March, nominated by the Leisure and Business curriculum area for her excellent progress and positive attitude. 


She says, “I’ve really enjoyed the studying.  I would recommend it to other people, I didn’t do very well in school and I didn’t really like it.  But this is for me, it’s so good - it really suits me - I wish school had been like this!  I got my computing qualifications alongside the apprenticeship and I’ve learned a lot, I’ve surprised myself.”


Emma has already progressed to level three and hopes to go on to do accountancy or finance. 


Julia Ludolf, CB Solutions’ Company Secretary said, “We’re very happy with Emma, she’s really changed, developed, and come out of her shell.  Employers have to support young people.  You can’t just expect sixteen year olds to come out of school and know how everything works.  It’s difficult enough for young people coming out of universities with degrees to find a role and get experience.  As a parent, I would seriously consider the apprentice route for my child.

“CB Solutions have employed apprentices before and taken on apprentices when they’ve completed their apprenticeships elsewhere.  I would recommend employing an apprentice to other employers.  The company benefits by getting to shape and mould the young person, to help them develop and learn - and we like to teach them about an industry that’s very big in this area but not a lot of people know about.”


CB Solutions employs around 50 people and has been going since 2000. 

The company manufactures a variety of products: Internal fire doors, UPVC windows and doors, architectural aluminium windows and door systems, curtain walling and access solutions (steps and ramps).

Local man Chris Burrell set up the Lissett-based company after working as a joiner in the modular industry.